Douglasville residents will soon have one less grocery store option.
Delhaize America, the parent company of Food Lion, announced Wednesday plans to close 113 of its Food Lion grocery stores, including . A complete list of Food Lion stores to close is attached to this article; the document also includes the list of Bottom Dollar Food and Bloom grocery stores that will close in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
The 113 Food Lions to close were deemed underperforming by the company, with many in markets with the lowest store density. All affected stores will close within 30 days.
In addition to , Food Lions in , and Carrollton also will close.
“After a thorough review of our store portfolio, we have decided to close or convert a number of stores in the U.S. and in Southeastern Europe during the first quarter of 2012,” Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group, said in a statement. “For a retailer, it is never an easy decision to close stores as we are fully aware of the impact on our associates, our customers and the communities we serve. Having said that, we feel these decisions are in keeping with our responsibility to our shareholders to deploy resources where they will achieve the highest return.”
The company estimates that about 4,900 employees will be displaced by the store closings. Eligible employees will be provided severance, while the company will work with government officials to assist those losing their jobs.
Food Lion’s departure from Douglasville will be the second announced closing within a year. The Kmart on Hwy 5 will also soon shut its doors.